Call for Papers


Call for Papers: Government Law College Journal : Submit by 10 October 2018


8th August  2018 


Government Law College, Ernakulam is inviting papers from members of its student community for the proposed premier edition of its Journal of Contemporary Legal Thoughts to be published in the last quarter of 2018.


The publication seeks to promote student involvement in legal research and bring out their true potential in the field of critical analysis and enquiry. 


We seek contributions in the form of articles and essays which address contemporary issues in law, case comments and reviews of recently published legal books besides other forms of scholarly writing.  All submissions must be original, previously unpublished and should not be under consideration for publication elsewhere.


Every submission must be preceded by an abstract of not more than 300 words, that outlines the area of study and any important conclusions that may be drawn by the author(s) to be submitted not later than September 10th 2018.







The Principal

His Highness Maharaja’s Govt. Law College







Contributions are solicited under the following heads:


Articles – 3,000-5,000 words

Articles should contain sustained analysis on legal topics. They may be either doctrinal or theoretical (or both) and must comprehensively deal with all relevant literature on the chosen subject to formulate well-reasoned positions.


Essays – 3,000-5000 words

Essays, in comparison with Articles, are usually more adventurous in their method, and seek to challenge existing legal paradigms or innovatively address well known problems. It is strongly recommended that essays be considerably more concise, in terms of scope and conceptualization. 


Case comments – 2,000-3,000 words

Should be study of any contemporary judicial pronouncement (Indian or foreign) and must contain its analysis, the context in which the particular judgment has been delivered, its contribution to existing law and must necessarily comment on the judicial process involved. Critical, comparative pieces dealing with similar issues across jurisdictions are encouraged.


Legislative comments – 3,000-3,500 words

This entails a critical analysis of any existing Indian Legislation or proposed Bills and their constitutional implications. The analysis is expected to be original and technical in nature with specific regard to the constitutional provisions.


Book Reviews and other submissions – 1,500-3,000 words

A literary criticism of a legal Book based on its content, style, merit etc. are invited.  Other pieces that do not specifically fall into any of the aforementioned sections will also be considered.





Submission Guidelines:


Citation Format


Blue Book system of citation #  (19th Edition)

Word Limit


All word limits given above are exclusive of footnotes

Joint Contributions

Collaborative manuscripts by up to two authors are allowed


Details of the Author(s)

Email, Phone numbers, Class to be given on the top right hand corner of the manuscript and the abstract

Form of Submission

Soft copy of the manuscript in Microsoft Word’s .doc or .docx format only, emailed to


Format of the manuscript

Main Body of text -   Times New Roman font with font size set to 12 with 1.5 line spacing

Footnotes               -   Times New Roman font with font size set to                        10 with 1.0 line spacing


Strictly prohibited and any contribution found not original will be summarily rejected. A declaration to that effect shall be furnished along with the complete manuscript


# The Ad Hoc committee will assist selected candidates to bring up their contributions to the requisite standards.


Your Abstract submissions will be acknowledged within 48 hours and subject to a thorough review process by the editorial committee.

In any submission does not meet the guidelines set, the author(s) will be afforded reasonable time to submit a revised abstract keeping in mind the reviewer’s comments.

For any clarifications:


Smt. Anusree A, Asst. Prof in Law                                                    -           + 91 – 9446 574 254

Smt. Liny Jose K, Asst. Prof in Law                                                  -           + 91 – 9447 190 700

Mr. Dan Elias, Student of LL.M (I)                                                   -           + 91 – 9446 290 671

Ms. Vidjealatchoumy (Vijayalakshmi V), Student of LL.M (III)     -           + 91 – 9020 888 628

Important Dates


Submission of Abstract                                :  10th September, 2018

Submission of Complete Manuscript         :  10th October, 2018